Family of Michael Dunahee waits for DNA test result
The parents of Michael Dunahee – the Victoria boy who went missing more than 20 years ago – say they still don’t know whether a Surrey man who bears a striking resemblance to what their son would look like today is in fact him.
Victoria police announced last month they were collecting a blood sample from a Surrey man who looks eerily similar to an age-enhanced rendering of Dunahee. They’ve said they’re doubtful the man in question is Dunahee, and that it could be months before a result is known.
Meanwhile, family and friends held an annual charity baseball tournament in Victoria Saturday to help raise money for the ongoing search and confirmed they haven’t heard anything about the test results.
“The outcome, I haven’t heard what that is yet, and I’m sure we’ll be the first to know,” said Michael’s mother, Crystal Dunahee.
The boy vanished from the playground of Blanshard Elementary School in Victoria on March 24, 1991, when he was just four years old.
The disappearance sparked one of the biggest investigations in Canadian history, and resulted in at least 11,000 tips – with many continuing to stream in to this day.
“We don’t know of all of them, we just happened to hear about this one because it was in the public, it was on the web,” Crystal Dunahee said. “It shows that people are still looking and that’s why we do the age enhancement because you never know, you just never know.”
More than two-dozen teams turned out to play in the 22nd annual “Tournament of Hope,” which benefitted Child Find BC, a kids’ safety charity.
“It shows how much support we still have,” she said. “We love it.”
Money raised from the tournament will go toward printing costs for posters and other supplies.